Accurate church attendance figures are difficult to find. Scott Thumma, sociology of religion professor at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, has compiled estimates on average attendance as reported by the congregations since 1992. From his list for our area:


4,000: Temple of Praise, nondenominational

3,500: Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church, Pentecostal

3,500: Bible Way Temple, unspecified

2,000: Shiloh Baptist Church, Baptist


12,000: First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Landover, Baptist General Conference

8,000: Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries, Baltimore, nondenominational

7,000: From the Heart Church Ministries, Temple Hills, nondenominational

7,000: Empowerment Temple, Baltimore, unspecified

7,000: Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal, Fort Washington, AME


16,500: McLean Bible Church, McLean, nondenominational

4,500: Korean Central Presbyterian Church, Centreville, Presbyterian Church in America

4,000: Immanuel Bible Church, Springfield, nondenominational

3,400: First Mount Zion Baptist Church, Dumfries, Baptist

3,250: Cornerstone Chapel, Leesburg, unspecified

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